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CHEROKEE PHOENIX AND INDIANS' ADVOCATE
Wednesday, February 11, 1829
Volume 1 No. 48
Page 2 Col 4b-5a

A correspondent informs us that, there are about twelve families who have enlisted as emigrants in Creek Path.  He asks, "are they people of good & fair standing?" and answers in the negative, as respects most of them.  Others may be considered "somewhat respectable."  From what we have been informed heretofore, we are inclined to think our correspondent not far from the truth.  We have seen but two families who have agreed to pass the Mississippi and if these form a good specimen of the whole, it certainly will not redound to the credit of the government to remove them.  For what is the motive which induced them to remove?  Certainly not to better their condition, for they have had ample room here to do well. "It is," our correspondent remarks "a craving desire to survey the wilderness near the Rocky Mountains with three or four deer skins slung to their backs."  If the object of this emigrating scheme is to make us a nation of hunters and warriors, or in other words, to reduce us back to where we were 40 years ago, we confess that it is a very judicious plan.  But if its objects are our civilization and christianization, we are yet to learn in what way these are to be effected.  If the Cherokees, we mean that body of the nation, are ever removed, they will have to be removed against their wish.  And what man is there who will do well and improve when he is driven by necessity and does a thing reluctantly?  The case would be different if the Government would propose a fair exchange of countries, that is, if the country now intended to be given to the Cherokees was in every respect as desirable as this, and they would emigrate peaceable, & willingly, and as a body, and carry with them their internal affairs and all their means of improvement. In such a case, we should consider it our duty to be silent.